Wisconsin is a midwestern state with northeastern borders along Lakes Michigan and Superior. The state is bordered by Minnesota and Iowa to the west, Michigan to the east, and Illinois to the south. Wisconsin has a large farmland landscape and is well known for its production of cheese, the Green Bay Packers, Harley Davidson, and the many beer companies operating in the state. With Madison as the capital city, Wisconsin is home to about 5.8 million people who are known for being among the friendliest people in the nation.
Wisconsin has a longstanding concern about alcohol consumption that has consistently remained above the national average. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that the state's per capita alcohol consumption rate is 1.3 times higher than the national rate, and the consumption rate for adults averages ten percentage points above the national rate.The department also reports that since 2008, Wisconsin's death rate from alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver and deaths from alcohol-related causes other than cirrhosis have risen.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that the opioid overdose death rate for the state of Wisconsin was 15.8 deaths per 100,000 persons in 2016, compared to the national rate of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 people. NIDA also reports that since 2010, heroin overdose deaths have increased from 92 to 389 and fentanyl-related overdose deaths also increased from 66 to 288 over the same eight-year period.
Although the opioid epidemic is impacting residents of Wisconsin and raising the rates of overdose death, the most common primary drug of abuse remains alcohol. According to the 2017 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) report, 44.2 percent of all treatment admissions for Wisconsin residents were for alcohol as the primary drug of abuse, while all opioids including heroin accounted for 21.8 percent of admissions.
Wisconsin addiction treatment options are increasing to accommodate the growing need among residents. The state currently has a mix of over four hundred private and public treatment providers offering varying levels of care and specialized services, including:
Some of the specific populations that Wisconsin addiction treatment programs can serve include the following:
Different addiction treatment programs in Wisconsin can accept many different types of payment for services, and some of those include:
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